the revised devil's dictionary
In this beautifully written and irresistible little book, Jack Repcheck
clarifies the life and times of a forgotten scientific visionary--James
Hutton--arguably the discoverer of the vast ages that stretch back into the
Earth's dim past."
Captured is an important and powerful piece of World War II history, as well as a fascinating human interest story, and offers a foundation on which broader studies of international internments might be made. This is no other book that attempts as much coverage.
by Carol M. Petillo,
Hitchens examines the media persona of the well known Catholic nun and pulls no punches in an assessment of the drives, motives and methods of this important religious figure. You may think he's overstated his case but you will be hard pressed not to admit that this candidate for sainthood is not the pristine figure of mercy and Christian charity that the world has been told. Highly recommended.
Is nothing sacred? Well, no . . . a witty, informative
study in applied iconoclasm.
A dirty job but someone had to do it. By the end of this
elegantly written, brilliantly argued piece of polemic, it is not looking good
for Mother Teresa.
Anyone with ambivalent feelings about the influence of
Catholic dogma (especially concerning sex and procreation); about the media's
manufacture of images; or about what one can, should or shouldn't do for someone
less fortunate, should read this book.
Martin Gardner is one of the great intellects produced in this
country in this century.
Even as Gardner exposes the foolishness and cruelties of phony
science, he praises with awe and wonder the work of true science in revealing .
. . the natural world.
Martin Gardner's contributions to contemporary intellectual
culture is unique--in its range, and its understanding of hard questions that
In her important new book, The Rape of Nanking, Iris
Chang, whose own grandparents were survivors, recounts the grisly massacre with